Is the Marvell 88w8335 [Libertas] chipset natively supported on Linux?

Dan Williams dcbw at
Mon May 11 08:09:24 PDT 2015

On Sat, 2015-05-09 at 22:17 +0530, Hersh Verthun wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a PCI Wireless Adapter from Netgear.
> Model: Netgear WG311v3 802.11g Wireless PCI Adapter
> Chipset: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88w8335 [Libertas] 802.11b/g 
> Wireless (rev 03)
> Is there a native Linux driver for this chipset?

There was one a long time ago called 'mrv8k' but it was never well
maintained and didn't work terribly well.

> I have read and set it up using "ndiswrapper" but it uses old/outdated 
> WinXP driver that uses WEP. Seeing as how WPA is better than WEP I was 
> hoping that "Libertas" project would have been able to produce a native 
> driver for this chipset.

The 'libertas' project is actually for a different set of Marvell WiFi
chips also called "Libertas".  Possibly an unfortunate name collision.
These are a different architecture and the driver cannot be adapted to
the 8335 series of devices.

So basically, ndiswrapper is likely your best option for now :(


> If the developers have been able to support this natively on Linux could 
> you please point me to how I can get the relevant drivers and install 
> it? I use Ubuntu Trusty 14.04.
> I tried reaching you guys on IRC but apparently no one hangs around 
> there any more. Any replies are greatly appreciated.
> Thank you all for your work on this project.
> --
> Hersh Verthun
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